The victory against Guinea is important to evolve positively during the CAN and achieve good results in the next matches, said Saturday evening the coach of the U23 national team, Issame Charaï.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, he said that despite a difficult start to the game where the national team players lacked attacking character, the victory in the opening game gives enthusiasm to the elements. nationals to progress.
“We lacked efficiency to reach the Guinean defense, but we are proud of this first victory,” he underlined, adding that his team had a good game overall with 60% possession of the ball. .
The national coach noted that the players tried to find solutions after a difficult first period, saying that “we lost a lot of chances, but we are ambitious to win the title by preparing each match as it should be”.
The captain of the national team, Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, named man of the match, indicated that this distinction goes to the whole team which played well. “During the first period, it took us time to get into the game, but when we got back from the locker room we accelerated the pace of the game to put pressure on the opposing team,” he said, adding that the national elements will have time to progress together as a team.
For his part, Guinea coach Morlaye Cissé felt that his team “deserved to have another result, but I am already planning for the continuity of this AFCON to prepare for the next two matches”.
“We have no choice but to win the next two matches because we still have chances of qualifying,” he noted.
“We had a hesitation at certain times of the meeting and the changes made were beneficial, especially in midfield, but we lacked lucidity”, he admitted, explaining that “we had decided to play block medium to attract Moroccan players and play in depth, but we ran out of the ball which left us in a backward position not to give up space”.
He noted that “Morocco was able to cut our progress in depth which caused us difficulties”, regretting the missed opportunities against Morocco especially in the first period.